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Lighter plug What kind of fuse is inside the lighter plug. My plug was destroyed. I want to wire it direct but am afraid because it may have had a fuse or filter?

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First if you still have the old "lighter plug" unscrew the ribbed end cap of the cigarette lighter adapter and check to see what size the fuse is. If you don’t have it anymore it originally took a 1amp fuse. Do Not use anything bigger then a 1amp fuse....You can pick them up at your local electronics store like RadioShack. In fact they will have a cigarette lighter adapter for you just remember to take in your Cobra ESD 6000 Radar Detector...I hope this helps...Let me know... cbinny1

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